Halachic Musings: Consequences of COVID Policy Decisions

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman It was the first day of school for two girls at different schools. One young girl, upon hearing how rigid School A was about masks and...

Halachic Musings: Is a Gentile Obligated in Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim?

  Torah obligations of following halachah are not exclusively for Jews. Gentiles as well must follow a certain set of halachic guidelines. The guidelines are known as the Seven Laws...

Halachic Musings: Tzava’ah in Halacha

The Ethical Will (tzava’ah) of Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid (1140-1217) was written by Rav Yehudah ben Shmuel of Regensburg. The tzava’ah is followed in many circles among religious Jews. The...

Halachic Musings: Taking Advantage of Store Policies

This piece will probably anger a number of readers, but hopefully it may give a bit of food for thought. A number of years ago, a rabbi appeared on...

Prepping Schools For Reopening: Complaints And Mitzvos

By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Many will complain. Masks for kids—with names on them? No walking in the halls? No gym? No lunchroom? No friends? The yeshivos and schools are spending large...

Halachic Musings: The Hierarchy of Tzedakah Causes

  One girl needs to get to seminary. A boy needs money for clothing. A yeshiva needs money. The mikveh! A kiruv organization. Our shul! To whom do we give first?...

Halachic Musings: May Alienated Fathers Withhold a Get?

There are numerous women who may not remarry halachically because their husbands have not given them a get. Sometimes men do not issue a get because they feel their wife...

Halachic Musings: Two Eruv Committees of Monsey

There are two eruv committees in the Monsey area. Of late, there has been some confusion between the two, which has, unfortunately, created some tension. The confusion had spilled...

Rabbi Lau: Coronavirus Patients Not Permitted to Fast on Tisha B’Av

Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi, David Lau, issued guidelines on Monday that stated coronavirus patients and those with possible symptoms of the disease were prohibited from fasting on Tisha B’Av,...

Halachic Musings: Is There a Problem With Empire Chicken?

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman Empire Kosher is the largest producer of kosher poultry in the United States, and one of the oldest. It was founded in Liberty, New York, in...
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BY SHIRA HANAU AND PHILISSA CRAMER (JTA) – In synagogues and in their parking lots, in backyard tent services and on Zoom, Jews around the world will spend...

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